Preparing an ideal Test track has become a dying art because of the surfeit of ODI and Twenty20 matches across the globe, feels ICC pitch consultant Andy Atkinson.
“With the huge amount of one-day and Twenty20 cricket around the world, it seems that some people have forgotten the art of preparing a five-day pitch,” Atkinson observed.
“The quality of the surfaces might be improving but that doesn’t mean the pitches are better for cricket as a whole,” he wrote in May issue of ‘The Wisden Cricketer´ magazine, a highly respected cricket publication.
The former Warwickshire and Essex groundsman also feels that the tracks are way too biased in the batsmen’s favour and needed to be corrected.
“It’s about getting the right balance and it is now too far in favour of the batsman. It needs to come back towards the bowler,” Atkinson said.